By Jonathan Deal
East and West Limestone have not met on the football field for more than 10 years. On Friday, the rivalry will be renewed in a spring football game at 6 p.m. in Capshaw.
The game kicks off the first of many jamboree football games across Limestone County in the next two weeks.
“This will be the first time we’ve played West Limestone in a spring game,” said East Limestone head coach Jeff Pugh. “I talked to coach (David) Arnsparger, and we thought it would be a good idea for the community.”
It will be the first time Pugh has faced West Limestone since leaving in 1999 after five years as the Wildcats head coach. It will be the first football game between the schools since 2003.
Friday’s scrimmage concludes what has been a series of wet practices this spring for both schools. Despite the damp weather, Pugh said his team has been able to get in plenty of work.
“The weather hasn’t been great this week,” he said. “We still managed to get something in every day. We made sure we did a little bit of offensive/defensive groups every practice.”
While Pugh’s teams are normally known for a hard-nosed running game, the eighth-year head coach hinted the Indians would throw the ball around more than usual.
“We’ll probably throw the ball more than we have in the past because of several receivers that we haven’t had before,” he said.
One of those receivers could be basketball standout Jordon Gandy. The rising senior is playing football for the first time since his freshman year. Gandy will play safety and receiver for the Indians.
“Guys like that, as soon as they get the formations down, help you right off the bat,” said Pugh. “It’s been a good spring for him. We’re glad to have him back.”
Friday’s game will feature the varsity teams for the first half and junior varsity in the second. There will be no kicking involved. Teams will begin on the 20-yard line and a defensive punt will be half the distance to an opponent’s goal line.
Ardmore will begin the spring season with its Black & Gold scrimmage game at 6 p.m. Thursday. All other spring games will be held Friday, May 17.